OAKLAND (KCBS)— BART is warning its passengers that there could be a strike by one or more of its employee unions in the next several weeks, but one union representative thinks that warning is coming a little too soon.

BART Spokesperson Alicia Trost said they are working with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission on a strike-contingency plan and that the agency has posted a warning on their website about the status of labor talks and any potential work stoppages.

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“I think it’s premature,” said Antoinette Bryant with the Amalgamated Transit Union, which represents station agents and operators.

She added that her union wants to focus on talks not a strike.

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“We want a contract and we are prepared to bargain to get that,” she said.

On Monday, a state mediator entered the week-long talks with BART’s five unions. The deadline to reach a contract is July 1st. If contract talks were to breakdown Bryant said BART or its unions could ask Governor Brown to impose a 60-day cooling period.

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